ECU has Western Australia's largest and oldest School of Education, with over 100 years of experience in teacher education.
We offer the widest range of Secondary teaching specialisations across all Western Australian universities.
We're also the most popular school, graduating more professional educators than any other institution in the state.
And our Teacher Education graduates have dominated the annual WA Education Awards in recent years, including winning Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Teacher of the Year, as well as Primary and Secondary Principals of the Year.
Your teaching career will get off to a great start at ECU. You'll benefit from:
Our University Preparation Courses for Education Assistants (UniPrep) are a popular starting point into the teaching profession.
Completing an Education or Teacher Assistant course can also give you an alternative pathway to studying an undergraduate teaching degree at ECU.
Find out more about UniPrep courses.
With the support of an ECU scholarship, we can help you realise your ambitions by improving your financial situation and enabling you to successfully complete your course.
At ECU, we offer Graduate Diplomas in Early Childhood Studies, Primary Education and Secondary Education – all are recognised in Australia and the UK.
So, if you already have a Bachelor's degree, you can complete the course in just one year and begin teaching.
At ECU we understand that everyone is different.
Different work arrangements, different family responsibilities, different locations or different learning styles.
That's why we offer the flexibility of studying many of our courses online.
Now you can study where you want, when you want.
Balance your study with family and work commitments. Or advance your career without leaving the workplace.
And just because you're not on campus doesn't mean we'll forget you. Online students get our full support too.
Are you passionate about a particular area or field of work?
Have you just completed a degree and think you’d like to go onto postgraduate study?
Maybe you've been working as a professional and you’d like to gain a competitive advantage or change career direction?
Whatever your reason or background, we offer a wide range of postgraduate courses at ECU.
And because we understand that your life is already busy, we offer the flexibility and convenience of part-time and online study options too.
If you want to be part of the next generation of outstanding teachers and make a real difference to the lives of young people, our Teacher Education courses will start you on your journey.
ECU courses are highly practical and delivered in well-equipped facilities to support all areas of learning.
Our experienced team are passionate about education and strive to find better ways to help you become a teacher – through pioneering research and outstanding community-based partnerships with schools.
And our courses are accredited by the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia. Early Childhood Studies courses have been approved by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority.
To help you choose a career direction, we've grouped similar fields of work into 12 study areas across ECU –Teacher Education is one of those study areas.
Within each study area you can choose a degree, for example a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies) or a Bachelor of Education (Secondary).
For some degrees, you can choose a speciality, or major subject, like Physical Education, Music, or Mathematics.
Postgraduate degrees are also available through coursework or research. You can study our Master of Education (by Research) or a Master of Education (by Coursework).
These one-year full-time courses are for graduates in a wide range of disciplines who wish to become qualified teachers.
Teacher Education is offered at all of our campuses – Mount Lawley, Joondalup and South West (Bunbury) – so you can choose a location that best suits you.
You can also study some of our undergraduate or postgraduate courses online.
Our campuses have varied purpose-built facilities to support areas of learning, such as:
We also work in partnership with other ECU faculties and schools, such as WAAPA and the School of Communications and Arts, to give our students access to their specialist facilities.
Our student association, Network Teach, gives you the opportunity to develop strong networks and contribute to community projects. The group has received the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Peer Mentoring, and mentors high school students at partner schools through the ‘ECU Mates' program.
In their own words: meet our Teacher Education students.
Teacher Education students, including Kenyan student Paula Oduk, talk about their experiences at our multicultural university, where they've made friends with people from all over the world, learned from knowledgeable and supportive teaching staff and simply enjoyed watching kids learn.
In the latest Good Universities Guide, our graduates gave ECU a 5-star rating for their overall satisfaction, the quality of our teaching and for the generic skills they developed during their studies.
We've now achieved 5-star ratings for the past six years.
So when you graduate with a Teaching degree at ECU, you can expect to be better prepared than most to enter the world of work.
ECU Teacher Education graduate, Hannah Dodds talks about her experience.
"I've always wanted to be a Primary School Teacher."
"I was aware that ECU specialised in teaching and I had a cousin who highly recommended the University. The fact that each year involved classroom practicals also influenced my decision to choose ECU. The skills and knowledge I have gained definitely help when I come across challenges involving students. I find the course to be accommodating and flexible, and the staff are with me every step of the way."
Primary Education student
"Having hands-on experience was definitely the most beneficial aspect of the course."
"As early as primary school I knew I wanted to become a teacher. ECU really encouraged me to develop the diverse range of skills needed for this fantastic career path. From exceptionally knowledgeable and professional lecturers and tutors who really understood student needs to the hands-on experience of the 10-week Assistant Teaching Program, the experience has been positive and has given me the ability to be a confident and effective teacher."
Secondary Education graduate
We have an active student community at ECU. Most faculties or schools have interest groups or events that relate to your area of study.
You can also make connections and join conversations on our social media pages.